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Mazda MX-5 RF gets five-star ANCAP rating

The Mazda MX-5 RF hardtop has received the same five-star ANCAP rating as its soft-top sibling, reaffirming its status as one of the best-performing sports cars in crash tests...

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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous
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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous

'Safety first'. It's a phrase commonly uttered in schools, workplaces, and even in the home. But in the wake of the Ford Mustang’s recent two-star ANCAP safety rating, the notion of safety actually being first has, yet again, come to the fore...


CarAdvice podcast 38: Behind the HSV GTSR W1, and more
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CarAdvice podcast 38: Behind the HSV GTSR W1, and more

This week, Mandy and Mike Costello are joined by George Skoufis, the Melbourne winner of our Be on the podcast panel competition. It's been a big week in car news, including the 2017 Holden Commodore pricing and specs, Toyota confirming October 3 end for Australian production, Volkswagen topping the 2016 global sales chart, and reports of new Nissan Z car and Toyota Supra concepts for a Tokyo show unveiling...


I'll never drive a Ford Mustang again
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I'll never drive a Ford Mustang again

You can imagine how chuffed I was, painting a set of 11s on the tarmac during my first drive of a manual Ford Mustang GT with its hearty naturally aspirated V8 engine. In fact, it was around this time last year that I was singing its praises on social media. It all culminated at the end of last year when we ran our performance car test at Motorworld...


Ford resisted Mustang testing, ANCAP alleges: A deep-dive into this week’s shocking two-star crash test result
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Ford resisted Mustang testing, ANCAP alleges: A deep-dive into this week’s shocking two-star crash test result

ANCAP says it unsuccessfully attempted to secure Ford Mustangs to crash test on several occasions, before encouraging its European sister organisation Euro NCAP to pick up the baton...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volvo has three best Euro NCAP scores ever
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Volvo has three best Euro NCAP scores ever

Volvo has lived up to its reputation, with the new S90 sedan and V90 wagon netting five stars in Euro NCAP’s brand new 2017 testing regime. Moreover, both cars eclipsed the previous record score, attained by… another Volvo, the XC90 crossover...


Ford Mustang gets two-star ANCAP crash rating
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Ford Mustang gets two-star ANCAP crash rating

The massively popular Ford Mustang GT V8 Fastback coupe has received a disastrous two-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), based on testing conducted by sister organisation Euro NCAP, and more than a year after its local launch...


2017 Ford Escape confirmed with ANCAP five-star safety
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2017 Ford Escape confirmed with ANCAP five-star safety

A sticker swap this week has seen the new 2017 Ford Escape awarded the same five-star ANCAP safety rating held by its predecessor, the Kuga. That is to be expected, of course, with the Escape and Kuga separated by little more than a styling makeover, new features and a badge exchange...


500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating
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500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza. Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed...


2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer
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2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating – but only for the top two versions in the range. The Holden Astra RS and RSV get Holden Eye autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance, forward distance indicator and forward collision alert. But the base model R misses out on that tech...


2017 Holden Astra gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Holden Astra gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2017 Holden Astra has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP, ahead of its local launch later this month. Awarded to the mid-spec RS and and top-shelf RS-V models, the rating is based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP on the largely identical Opel Astra last year, and the fact that the two higher variants come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems as standard equipment...


MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority
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MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority

When MG launched the MG 6 locally in 2013 there were some challenges, which ultimately contributed to the SAIC Motor-owned brand retreating from Australia. The MG 6 initially didn't fully comply with Australian Design Rules, and it scored a four-star ANCAP safety rating when tested in 2013...


USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets
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USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets

International crash-testing body Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) will work with its subsidiaries to perform a crash test that will highlight the disparity in new car safety benchmarks between developed and developing nations, later this month...


Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series, Prius awarded five-star ANCAP ratings
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Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series, Prius awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

The rugged Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), along with the current-generation Toyota Prius. However, the five-star safety rating applies to single-cab variants only, which saw the addition of curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as part of a 2017 upgrade, along with changes to the bonnet and seat designs...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


ANCAP highlights costs and accomplishments of 2015-2016 tests
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ANCAP highlights costs and accomplishments of 2015-2016 tests

Just days after calling out the absence of safety ratings in a new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission review of the local new-car market, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program has handed down a report on its 2015-2016 achievements. During that period, 49 ANCAP safety ratings were published, covering over 250 variants...


Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion
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Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an issues paper outlining focus areas for the car industry market study it announced in June this year. The new car industry study is fundamentally set up to make sure car manufacturers and their franchise dealers understand their obligations, and that consumers understand their mandated rights...


Jeep Renegade gets three years free servicing
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Jeep Renegade gets three years free servicing

On the back of landing a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Jeep Renegade is now being offered with three years of free scheduled maintenance for the month of October. Jeep says it is “thrilled” with the small SUV’s result in the benchmark crash test released this week, with the Renegade achieving perfect scores for the side impact and pole tests...


BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings
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BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

A trio of new SUV offerings have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) - the BMW X1, Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all three models achieved good scores in each of the physical crash tests, the two Germans were praised by the firm for their inclusion of active safety systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard...